Welcome to St Germans Group Parish


to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!                


Latest News

March Newsletter 

 St Germans Group Parish PCC as from 3rd April 2016:

Permanent members of the PCC The Vicar
Secretary -
Margaret Sylvester-Thorne
Treasurer - Fiona Liddicoat
Parish Wardens: Brenda Crago and David Watters
Church Stewards: Downderry: Steve Liddicoat
Hessenford: Fiona Bristow
Tideford: Brenda Crago
St Germans: Richard Laugharne
PCC members: Downderry: Sue Booth; Andrew Pidgen and Cashiers:Tim Pullin and Sue Pidgen
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles, Jenny Daniels, Fran Moore, 
Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Chris Bowditch, June Greaves, Paul Gribble
Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  post vacant
Cashier: Ron Bradley
Deanery Synod Reps: Rosemary Stevenson, Brenda Crago, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Next meeting of the PCC - TBA


St Germans Group Parish  APM and APCM - SUNDAY 2nd APRIL at St Nicolas' Church,  Downderry at 10.45am


Parish Wednesday Lunches

........every Wednesday at noon an open invitation to everyone in our church family , members of our local community, and visitors to our villages for a free three course lunch in St Nicolas Church, Downderry. 

Only completely voluntary donations accepted............




Lent Groups on Monday morning at 10.30am,  Mondays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March  at Margaret's and at St Nicolas Church, Downderry at 7pm on Wednesdays   8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March  Topic: Prayer          All welcome


Messy Church in St Germans

- in partnership with the Methodist Church

Messy Church will meet on the third Saturday 18th March at 3pm in St Germans Priory

All children and their accompanying adults  are very welcome - and help on the day from our parishioners very welcome too!

Messy Church...

  • is a way of being church for families involving fun
  • is a church, not a craft club, that helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour
  • is found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Please contact Evelyn Reed (01503 230449) for more information,  and also if you are able to help.............


Parish Praise

our next monthly services of informal worship for all the family

 12th MARCH at 11am at  St Germans Priory  


Cafe Church in Downderry

Come and join us for breakfast with worship and a chat on the fourth Sunday, the 26th February and 26th March at 9.30am at St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

A leisurely start to Sunday for the adults, and activities for the children


Rev'd Michael's Message

Dear Friends,

After the General Synod discussions last week I thought I would share a few personal reflections on the theme of marriage and sexuality.  Firstly in any large congregation within the church of England in this country and abroad there will be people who are married, single, divorced, remarried or gay. This is how society looks today and it is also how many of our congregations look. It was not so long ago that most clergy would not remarry divorcees yet now this is thankfully far more common, some even would not offer communion to divorcees; I am glad that now we receive all. It would be hard to revert as many of our clergy themselves have been divorced and remarried. As I write I think of many friends and family and colleagues who are in this situation.

Jesus in Matthew’s gospel says quite clearly that the only grounds for divorce is adultery, or in effect an abuse of the other in the marriage because I believe that is what adultery is. He did not believe in divorce as a convenience or a result of boredom and a new excitement.

Really what he was saying is that we need to regard any form of relationship be it heterosexual on homosexual as a wondrous thing that needs to be cherish and tendered. It is given for the benefit of the couple and society as a whole and society itself should help to support those who are married.

Yet we have a God of new beginnings if it were not so how could any of us maintain our hope of heaven and resurrection? Within the drama of the cross God showed the world how much it is loved and how far the Father through Jesus would go, to enable us to respond to that love. Forgiveness and rebirth is at the heart of the gospel. This is not an easy option as those who have been forgiven are called upon to forgive others, as the Lord’s Prayer says “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”.  We are called to rest in this forgiveness and love, often called Grace, that we may enable all to find the person who God has created them to be.


St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details. 

Board of Priory Trustees  
Chair- Richard Laugharne
Vice Chair - Fiona Bristow
Secretary - Evelyn Reed
Support Officer - Jo Rimron
  Malcolm Cross, Chris Bowditch,

Chris Cook,  and Bob Foulkes.



 THE FOOD BANK  - no change to the message - our help is needed. There are collecting boxes in all our four churches - please keep the contributions coming in...........
You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever - so please keep the contributions coming in.  

How can you help the Foodbank?   As usual there always some shortages, currently: Fruit Juice (long life), UHT or Dried Milk, toilet rolls and toiletries, dried potato (Smash), Instant Coffee, tinned fruit

However, money is becoming an increasing issue, and it is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, the real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452. email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.

Last year (2016) St Germans Group donated 495.7kg. This is more than twice what was donated in 2015. The Foodbank thanks all living in the parish who have donated so generously - and are continuing to do so...........


East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.
The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries
The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:
Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.
East Wyvelsire
Parishes Currently in the Deanery of East Wivelshire